#WomensHistoryMonth Spotlight: Retha Fernandez

By: Miya Jones
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#WomensHistoryMonth Spotlight: Retha Fernandez

For Women’s History Month, highlighting dope women in the Long Island community. Let’s give it up for Retha Fernandez.

Retha worked her way up to executive director in business relationship management. She was responsible for providing technology services and solutions to a portfolio of brands within Estee Lauder.

As a community activist, she was the project manager for Urban League Long Island and was in charge of the State of Black Long Island (SOBLI). This initiative was created to focus on policy development and the creation and/or enhancement of regional programs and services designed to improve quality of life for Black communities on Long Island.

Retha now serves as Suffolk County’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer, a position created to diversify the Long Island workforce. She’s also a certified meditation instructor, helping others create a lifestyle they desire through a focus on wellness and personal development.

Miya Jones

Miya Jones

Miya Jones is a Long Island native and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Shades of Long Island. She's been a journalist since the age of 17 and is a diversity advocate. Follow Miya on Instagram and Twitter: @miyajones1996 and on Facebook as Miya Jones.

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